“Then Moses cried out to the LORD, and the LORD showed him a piece of wood. He threw it into the water, and the water became sweet.”
Exodus 15:25 NIV
Have you ever been going through a trying time and wondered where God was? Well, I have and so have the Israelites. This scripture comes in the middle of the story when the Israelites had just gone through the Red Sea. They had just broken free of bondage in Victory…only to wander for 3 days without water! They finally find water and run to drink it, but the water is bitter and undrinkable. That was enough suffering to make the people forget the miracle of the water parting and want to go back to their old life. They grumble and complain to Moses. Moses does the right thing and cries out to the Lord. Oh, if we always took the time to cry out to the Lord like Moses did—and—wait for Him to speak! Oh, how different our lives would be!
God showed Moses a piece of wood. Moses throws it into the water and it creates a chemical reaction to change the whole body of water. Seriously? A piece of wood? This doesn’t make sense, if you don’t see the cross symbolism. A piece of wood couldn’t change water in the natural. God supernaturally used a piece of wood to be a type or foreshadowing of the cross. Only Jesus can take the bitter sufferings that we face and bring something sweet out of them. We need God to open our spiritual eyes so we can see how Christ is there, just like the wood was, mighty to save.
Moses took the time to cry out to God and ask Him to be involved in his problem. He expected God to show up, and show up He did, providing water in the desert. Take time today to bring your needs before God. Open up your spiritual eyes to see Christ in your bitter circumstances and allow Him to give you water!
Father…You see the bitterness of life on this earth and you stand along the sidelines waiting for me to tag you in. Please open my eyes today to see you working on my behalf! May I never doubt that you are there, because you are! You are Mighty to Save! Thank-you! In Jesus name, Amen